- Senate President Tito Sotto pushes for his bill that aims to move the school calendar during a national emergency
- He said that the opening of class for the next school year should be moved in case there will be a second wave of COVID-19 in the country
- The decision of Sotto came after the announcement of the Department of Education regarding the opening of classes
- Earlier, the DepEd announced that the school year 2020-2021 will begin on August 24, 2020
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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III pushes for the bill he filed to move the opening of classes to September amid the COVID-19 crisis.
KAMI learned that Sotto wants to adjust the academic calendar despite the recent announcement of the Department of Education (DepEd).
In a report by GMA News Online (authored by Dona Magsino), Sotto aims to push the bill that gives additional power to President Rodrigo Duterte to adjust the school calendar in case of a national emergency.
"Yes. Because my bill gives the President the power to adjust [the] school calendar unlike the previous law," Sotto said.
The Senate President earlier filed Senate Bill No. 1438 that aims to amend the Act on Lengthening of School Calendar. The previous law stated that "school year shall start on the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August."
Sotto added that under the bill he filed, the education department would be given additional time to prepare and adopt measures for the “new normal.”
"If August [ang pasukan], we don't need the law 'di ba pero what if there is a second wave [of COVID-19 transmission]? Paano kung may second wave? Paano sasagutin ng DepEd 'yan? They will be violating the law dahil ia-adjust nila,” Sotto said.
"It is very important. Otherwise, the executive department will violate a law," he added.
Sotto also mentioned in an online presscon that September is a safer date to open the academic year given that there is a COVID-19 crisis in the country and the second wave of it is possible.
"It's a safer date. The important thing in that bill is it gives power for the President to adjust [the opening of classes] in case of a national emergency," he said.
As previously reported by KAMI, the DepEd announced that the opening of the school year 2020-2021 will be on August 24, 2020.
As of May 5, the Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are already 9,684 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines.
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